The real estate business lends itself to financial rather than criminal excitement, or at least it's supposed to. But local developer Roxy Rapp and his son found themselves chasing a thief through Menlo Park streets on Aug. 15.
Rapp had reported the theft of a security camera to Menlo Park police on Aug. 14. The camera, taken from Rapp's new building at 1706 El Camino Real, had managed to download a photo of the culprit before vanishing, according to the report.
The next day Rapp and his son spotted the alleged thief on the street. A chase ensued, ending with the capture of 51-year-old David Shippen, of Palo Alto, the report said. Police then took Shippen into custody.
The developer is president of Roxy Rapp & Company, located in downtown Palo Alto.